DAR Patriot Index 2000

April 1, 2008

Patriot Index 2000

STIMPSON, STIMSON, STINSON Patriots of the American Revolution. The next edition of the DAR Patriot Index will include my two ancestors from Virginia, Alexander STINSON Senior, father of the listed Alexander (c1733-a1813), and his son David STINSON, both of Buckingham County, Virginia.

Father Alexander STINSON was an old man during the war, however he did contribute supplies to the rebels. It is impossible to know what other support these men may have given to the Patriot Cause, as all the records at Buckingham County Courthouse were burned in 1869 – not by the Yankees, but by arsonist Virginians! We do know that the people of Buckingham County were in the forefront of the movement for liberty, and that many of the county’s citizens must have formed Committees of Safety and more.

My forefather, David STINSON, contributed 400 pounds of beef to the American Revolutionary cause in Buckingham County, Virginia, which qualified him to be a DAR patriot. However, David STINSON did much more to show his true colors during a time of great danger. From some Virginia petitions stored at the Library of Congress I have discovered that my ancestor David STINSON was amongst Buckingham County’s staunchest patriots.  On 7 December 1780, he signed a petition that demanded the privileges of citizenship be withheld from all who refused to swear allegiance to the new American government. He demanded that these “non-jurors” not be allowed to practice law, medicine, and that “non-juror” clergy be silenced and deprived of their benefices. In addition, as a petitioner, he demanded that the non-patriots be double taxed. At that point in history, the South had become the war’s battlefield, and the army of Washington was not assured victory. The cities of Augusta and Savannah in Georgia had fallen to the British. If the American rebellion had been put down, David STINSON and the other petition signatories would have suffered grave consequences.

StarStar As of December 2007, DAVID STINSON is NSDAR Patriot Ancestor #A204931.

After gathering together all the historical documents necessary to prove my STINSON lineage to NSDAR standards, no easy feat in a Virginia burnt county, I decided to write a book on the STINSON family of Buckingham County. It is SO OBSCURE A PERSON – The Story of Alexander STINSON and His Virginia Descendants.   ~~Edna Barney

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Thomas Jefferson Lives On

November 5, 2006

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Virginians continue to be enamored of their great son and patriot Thomas Jefferson.  He is remembered everywhere, as here he sits outside a shop in Williamsburg.

When Thomas Jefferson succeeded Patrick Henry as governor of Virginia, in 1780, he agreed to move the capitol from Williamsburg to Richmond, as it was a more central and protected location. However, both Williamsburg and Richmond were soon invaded by the British in full force, as was all of Virginia, in 1781. Although Jefferson was harshly criticized by his foes for leaving Richmond before the onslaught, he did save his neck, and survive to contribute much more to the newly founded nation.

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Fort Dorchester

July 22, 2006

Revolutionary War Image

Fort Dorchester was built on the Ashly River of South Carolina in 1757. The construction was of “tabby,” a concrete-like mixture of sand, oyster shells and lime. During the American Revolution the fort failed to secure the nearby community of 17th century Dorchester from the British, who overran the fort and occupied and sacked the town in 1780.

Fort Dorchester was commanded by Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox”, of South Carolina. These are the ruins of a powder magazine which once stood within. The ruins are Fort Dorchester are located near present day Summerville.

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Delaware Memorial

July 8, 2006

Revolutionary War Image

American Revolution Memorial at Dover, Delaware:

TO COMMEMORATE AND ALSO PRESERVE
TO POSTERITY THE UNDYING FAME OF
THE PATRIOTISM AND VALOR OF
THE OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS
OF THE DELAWARE LINE
WHO, IN MAY 1780
WERE REVIEWED ON THIS GREEN
FOR THE LAST TIME
IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO MARCHING
ON THEIR IMMORTAL SOUTHERN CAMPAIGN
IN THE WAR OF
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
AND FROM WHICH CAMPAIGN BUT FEW SURVIVED
TO RETURN TO THEIR NATIVE STATE THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED
BY THE DELAWARE STATE SOCIETY
OF THE CINCINNATI
AND THE
PATRIOTIC CITIZENS OF
THE STATE OF DELAWARE
MAY 30 A.D. 1912

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